Training and Games Camp at Thriftwood in Essex

18 Scouts attended and real progress was made with the training scheme some Scouts completing their different challenge awards. The description of the camp included the word games and yes, we found the opportunity to enjoy some wide games. On top of this we also took advantage of some of the on site activities. The adventure playground allowed for individual prowess along with an opportunity for real teamwork as the group were split in to two teams for a race. The demolition derby involved 4 Scouts at a time standing on inflatable stands within a bouncy castle. a very large ball was suspended in the middle on a rope and the idea was to try and knock other Scouts off their stands.

The cresta run involved 4 special sleds on wheels being released simultaneously down their polished tracks. Finally there were the water zorbs. Scouts were sealed in to these large clear plastic spheres or zorbs which were then inflated allowing the Scouts inside to effectively walk out on the lake. They could throw themselves around without any risk of hurting themselves. Great fun and also a laugh to watch from the shore. A very succesful weekend enjoyed by all the Scouts.

Ian Frais

Fire Safety Badge

The troop spent two Wednesday evenings as guests at the local fire station. The first week was mainly a tour of the station and all its equipment. The second Wednesday they were all taken through the fire safety badge and then the grand finale was to allow all the scouts to have a go squirting water with their hoses. 35 Scouts achieved the badge.

Ian Frais

Weekend Trip to Holland

The twinning between our group and the Be Pals group in the Hague is as strong as ever. Recently 15 Scouts enjoyed a visit to our Dutch friends. We arrived late on the Friday night and the Scouts stayed overnight in their HQ. The next morning the Scouts were presented with a typical Dutch breakfast including chocolate sprinkles on bread along with various meats and cheese.

The Dutch Scouts arrived soon after this and we took part in a joint flag break ceremony. A short tram ride away and we were in Delft. A long climb up a spiral staircase, at least 500 steps, led us to the top of an impressive church tower with stunning views. This was followed by some free time to explore the town and the market in small mixed Dutch and English groups. It was also a chance to try out various edible Dutch delights and buy presents such as cheese for parents.

Back to the HQ for a wide game and then it was time for the Scouts to go in pairs to stay with Dutch families along with their Scout sons of the same age. This also gave us leaders a chance to enjoy a social evening with many of the leaders from the Dutch group. Late Sunday morning the Scouts returned all very pleased with their family experiences. This left time for more games, lunch and sadly the journey home.

The Dutch were wonderful hosts and we look forward to hopefully welcoming them to London in Autumn.

Ian Frais

Junior Camp

A record number of 33 Cubs participated in this year's Cubs Junior Camp over the weekend of 07 and 08 March. 21 boys slept indoors and 12 boys had the opportunity to sleep outdoors after learning how to pitch their own tents. The weather was cold and crisp, with any rain falling only on Saturday night and after lunch on Sunday. Activities included instructions on trekking signs, making a campfire, knotting, the Countryside Code, adventure playground, archery, rifle shooting and the popular Wellie Tripod Game. The next Junior Camp will take place on 13 and 14 March 2010.